David Rivera Files in HD 119 Open Contest
Former representative of the US GOP. David Rivera stages another attempt at a political comeback, by showing up to participate in the District 119 open house contest on the final day of qualifying for state legislative offices.
Rivera lost his seat in the United States House in 2012. The Federal Election Commission accused Rivera in that contest of secretly sending at least $69,000 to the campaign of Justin Lamar Sternad. Sternad reportedly posed as a straw candidate in the 2012 Democratic primary to help weaken Rivera’s opponent in the general election, Joe Garcia. Garcia won that race.
This sparked a civil lawsuit by the FEC, which ended with Rivera having to pay a fine of $456,000.
Despite the loss and the scandal that followed, Rivera tried several times to revive his political career.
Rivera attempted to return to the State House in 2016 when he ran against Robert Asencio for House District 118. Asencio narrowly won this election with only 54 votes.
In 2018, Rivera re-applied to enter the House District 105 contest and invested $360,000 in her campaign. But he failed to qualify in this race, which means he never even appeared on the ballot.
Rivera did not participate in the 2020 election cycle, at least as an active candidate. Nevertheless, his name was mentioned many times after The New York Times reported that Rivera’s consulting firm, Interamerican Consulting, had agreed to help improve the position of a then Venezuelan-controlled oil company.
This company, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA, sued Rivera for non-performance of this contract, worth 50 million dollars. This lead to Democrats Many times pounding Rivera and his political allies above link to Nicola Maduro government.
The Florida Democratic Party tried the tactic again on Friday, hitting the Republican U.S. senator. Marco Rubioasking him if he would send an endorsement to Rivera.
“David Rivera used his friendship with Marco Rubio to reap millions from the narco-regime of Nicolás Maduro. Now that Rivera is running for office again, Rubio can no longer afford to remain silent. Floridians deserve to know whether Marco Rubio will help his longtime political ally again or find the courage to stand up to one of the Maduro regime’s corrupt lobbyists,” the Florida Democratic Party spokesperson said. Grant Fox.
Nonetheless, Rivera is looking to put that baggage behind him, joining a jam-packed GOP field looking to fill the HD 119 open seat. As of press time, his account is not yet listed as “qualified” on the the Elections Division.
Other qualified candidates for the HD 119 Republican primary on Friday morning include Miami-Dade Area 11 Community Council Vice President Ashley Alvarezlawyer Rob Gonzalezformer legislative assistant Juan Carlos Porras and hotelier Ricky Tsay. Teacher Jose Soto also filed but not qualified at time of publication.
Gabriel Gonzalez also qualified to run as a Democrat, the only candidate to do so. He filed at the end of March.
Republicans likely have an advantage in the general election. Democrat Andrew Gillum is more than 6 points better than the Republican Ron DeSantis in the region in 2018. But this advantage was fully reversed in 2020, with the Republican donald trump winning 54% of the vote in the region, against 45% for the Democrat Joe Biden. And with Republicans expected to have a strong 2022 cycle, that gives the GOP the edge here in November.
The redesigned HD 119 covers portions of unincorporated West Miami-Dade County including West Kendall, Country Walk, and The Crossings.